Sunday, July 22, 2018


The Bird Gallery is another impressive gallery in the museum, with its collection of birds that spend some or all of their time in Canada. The collection is assembled by theme, locations, and other ideas, and includes some hands-on activities such as seeing a scene the way a bird does, or seeing your own weight compared to that of birds.

Provincial and territorial birds of Canada are grouped together. The gyrfalcon represents the Northwest Territories, while New Brunswick designates the black capped chickadee as theirs.

British Columbia has the steller's jay, and Alberta has the great horned owl.

Saskatchewan has the sharp tailed grouse, and the common raven represents the Yukon.

Nunavut has designated the rock ptarmigan as their official bird, and Ontario has the common loon.

Nova Scotia chose the osprey, while Quebec has the snowy owl.

And finishing the set, Newfoundland and Labrador uses the Atlantic puffin for their provincial bird. Manitoba features the Great Grey Owl. And Prince Edward Island has chosen the blue jay as their provincial bird. 


  1. ...Canada sure is a hospitable place for wildlife! 🦆

  2. I love this collection. Birds are a favourite. Gotta love the puffin!

  3. I love those long-legged cranes. Apparently they have returned to the UK in recent years though I've not seen one.

  4. I remember when the Great -horned owl was chosen in Alberta. A number of birds were chosen and then students got to vote. I remember doing this with students.

  5. @Tom: it does.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marie: puffins are characters.

    @Jenny: a lot of these birds will be ones who stay in the country.

    @Red: that owl is a good provincial bird.

  6. A bird lover's delight William.. beautifully shown here ✨

  7. I have a love/hate relationship with stuffed birds as both museums I have worked in over the years had collections of them from Victorian times - very spooky at night when switiching lights off. These specimens are lovely though and I like the way they have related the birds to each region:)

  8. At my weight, I think I'd be a flightless bird. Light for a wrestler, a tad too heavy as a bird. :-)

  9. Neat photos of 'our feathered' friends ~ wish they were not stuffed ~ but then it wouldn't be a museum ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. @Grace: thank you!

    @Rosie: I can see that being spooky. And this museum has a ghost story or two.

    @Revrunner: me too!

    @Maria: thanks!

    @Carol: that's true.

  11. I guess we can be a bit loony here like at our last provincial election! ;-)

  12. A wonderful place to see and learn about the native birds of Canada.

  13. Going to New Zealand gave me a great love of birds. Do you know that only birds and bats were in NZ, before humans started importing mammals. I love looking at birds (a preference for seeing them alive...).


  14. I love the bird and animal part of a museum.
    BTW: The odd looking building on my blog I was told was a type of old time granary. Maybe so

  15. A beautiful selection of birds.

  16. I love spotting birds, preferably still flying around but these displays are neat to see the variety! Some I am sure I will never spot. Saw my first turkey vulture this week, he was huge!

  17. @RedPat: that's true!

    @Bill: it is quite a gallery.

    @Sharon: and a good assortment.

    @Janis: I didn't know that.

    @MB: ah, that explains it.

    @Kay: indeed!

    @Jenn: I've seen turkey vultures around. I've never seen a pelican in the wild, but apparently some make it into Canada.

  18. That’s interesting to see each province’s official bird in one place!

  19. i love birds. all sorts ... been camping .. back now ... will comment again soon. ( ;

  20. That's a lot of birds!

    All the best Jan

  21. I sure hope Open Doors went on a few days or else Canada Day festivities because you have covered some ground and it takes awhile to photograph it well! I love birds so this is fascinating to me.

  22. You have many species of birds in Canada.

  23. @Sallie: it is.

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Jan: indeed.

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @Klara: we do.